Similar to Thanksgiving, the nonprofit also hosts large-scale dinner events for both Christmas and Easter, but it’s not just meals that Project Care Outreach helps to deliver. At their annual Christmas party, the organization spreads cheer near and far with a live band, gifts for the children in attendance, and an opportunity to meet the Kringles themselves.
“A lot of the kids are from different schools as we find out who all the needy kids are,” Patricia explained. “This year we’re having all the single moms from the Florida Baptist Children’s Home come out with their children.”
Keeping with tradition, the nonprofit also hosts an Easter egg hunt every April. In the late summer months, they host a back-to-school drive as well as a youth day event, where Patricia and her team hand out backpacks and other school supplies to needy students in our community. That’s not to say the need ends when the final bell rings, though.
To help with life outside the classroom, Project Care Outreach started its ‘Bags for Kids’ program for children in our community who live out of hotel rooms or cars. These at-risk children often go without, but Patricia and her team do their best to provide what they can.
“We take them bags of toiletry items, consisting of shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, feminine products for the girls, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, and stuff like that,” Patricia said. “We try to help to the best of our ability that we can.”